Prayer Requests 8-4-20

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Psalm 5

A psalm of David.

Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
   You hate all who do wrong;
you destroy those who tell lies.
   The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
   in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
   Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
   Banish them for their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
   Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

9 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 8-4-20

  1. Husband is returning from Boise today, with eighteen year old. Last time she was here, about three days ago, she insisted on sitting on the dining room table, passing gas, and explaining that is what teenagers do. She was also throwing cherries at the ceiling and walls and me, in an attempt to create the look of a murder scene. We removed the dining room table and I replaced it with a rather shaky long card table type thing. I have told her before not to sit on the table, but when she gets this way…. Hopefully, the table will teach her not to sit on the table. As to the cherries, I distributed some in her room, but not on the ceiling and walls. Seems at times she only learns if it comes back at her and inconveniences her.

    Anyway, prayer for my attitude.

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  2. I have a medical test today which is challenging, but unlikely to show anything beyond the fact there is no explanation for my symptoms. Doc is just verifying there is no explanation.

    Meanwhile, people close to me are grieving.

    My local friend Judi got a call from her 92-year-old mom in PA saying she needs her. Independent Jean, whose health has been challenging the last year, has never asked Judi to come home–we think it’s time. Grieving.

    My local friend Julie’s estranged brother died in Alaska over the weekend, thus ending for Julie and her father any opportunity to resolve the differences. 92-year-old father is grieving in Southern California while Julie started a new job yesterday.

    Church friend Laurie has a chronic fungal lung disease which has roared back time and again over the last 18 years. Looking very bad today.

    I can’t think of the others; this is enough. Thank you for saying a prayer or two.

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  3. Oh, and my 90 year-old uncle has been evacuated in Southern California’s Apple Fire.

    He refused to leave his home the first day and was out playing golf the next morning–he lives only 1 mile or so from the fire zone–when the golf police told him he had to leave and, ideally, evacuate!

    With that, my cousin got him out of the house and he spent a lovely afternoon with his great-grandchildren poolside, enjoying dinner and a cool drink while basking in his family’s love.

    They’re all fine, but the fire roars . . . and we twitch up here in NorCal.

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  4. We have some friends near the Apple Fire. They got packed up and were ready to leave on Saturday, but the wind changed and their house seems safe – for now.

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  5. Michelle, one of my brothers was estranged from the family for several years (we didn’t know if he was dead or alive), and he and Mom saw each other once after he came back. From reports from both parties, that first meeting was a disappointment to both.

    One Wednesday night at my new church in Nashville, I briefly mentioned the situation, and asked for prayer that they would be totally reconciled before Mom died. And even as I asked that, I figured people would probably think I was exaggerating the “before Mom dies,” because here I was in my thirties and unlikely to have a mother in much immediate danger of death (she was in fact 78, a heart patient, and a virtual shut-in).

    When I got home after prayer meeting, I tried to call Mom and didn’t reach her. I was surprised since I knew she didn’t go out after dark and I would usually know if she was going to leave the house overnight for a short trip. I was a bit concerned, but figured I’d try again in the morning. You all know the rest of that; she was in fact already dead.

    I think the estrangement with my one brother is one reason my oldest brother would like to see my sister and me reconciled, since he is the one who had some major conflict with that brother, by all appearances long since reconciled now. And the fact that people in their 50s can’t count on their being another day is one reason I would like to. It just shouldn’t end this way–especially for Christians. (There is nothing more I can do, so I feel no guilt about it. But I do feel sorrow.)

    At any rate, I have some empathy for that situation. May you have wisdom in interactions with them, and may they know God’s peace.

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  6. We’ve been getting lashed by Tropical Storm Isaias. From what I just saw on one of the local Facebook pages, there are lots and lots of trees down and roads blocked. Our power has been in and out, but most in (thankfully). There is a tornado watch until 9 tonight.

    Nightingale and I had a pretty big, tense encounter this morning that had me close to tears because of her sharp tongue. (I forced myself to not show that, and left the room, but not too quickly.) A little time went by, and she was her chipper self again, and we chatted amicably like we usually do. But it leaves me with the feeling, as I’ve mentioned before, that she doesn’t respect me as much as she should, because I am not as strong and “no-nonsense” as she is (and thinks I should be, too), and that makes me sad.

    It doesn’t help my own mood or frame of mind that I have been feeling down on and off for the past several days. And last night, I twice woke up crying from a dream. (The dreams were about real issues, not things I can shrug off as only dreams.)

    Please pray for Nightingale and our relationship. And for Chickadee and our relationship (one of the dreams was about her). Thank you.

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